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post #1 of 13 Old Feb 24th, 2012, 5:53 pm Thread Starter
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Heading out tomorrow morning to check out (and probably bring home ) a 08 GT. I have had a 1100RT and an 1150GS but this will be my first K-bike. Looking to be pleasantly surprised by the smoothness I have always heard about... If it comes home with me I'll post some pics
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post #2 of 13 Old Feb 24th, 2012, 9:01 pm
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Good luck cant wait to see it.

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From all I have heard about it, its a great bike and you should love it. We would all love to see pics, but none of us would be offended about having to wait 200 miles or so.

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post #4 of 13 Old Feb 25th, 2012, 7:22 pm Thread Starter
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Got her home without incident (had to trailer it..no tags). Got it unloaded and took it up the road a few blocks
I have never ridden a bike this smooth
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Nice.

Congratulations!

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post #6 of 13 Old Mar 9th, 2012, 9:38 am
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How do you like it so far? That's an amazingly beautiful bike! I sure with that they hadn't gotten rid of it!
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post #7 of 13 Old Mar 9th, 2012, 4:05 pm Thread Starter
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I love it ! This is the best feeling BMW I have ever had. It's silky smooth, quiet, pulls hard when I ask it to. Shifts great, no slop, with a positive BMW "CLUNK". The ESA has proved itself to me. Fortunately, it didn't come with a stock seat but has a Cee Bailey's. I'm impressed. It feels almost like a big trucks air-shock seat. I have always had to get a Russell for my bikes to make me happy but this thing saved me about 7-8 hundred bucks- it's a keeper!
I will need a taller screen..all I hear is air rumbling..if I dip my head down I can hear a smooth sewing machine. Either moto-lights or the equivalent will be added. I'll probably do some bar-backs also...The bars are all the way up, and it's feels fairly good (I have long arms) but If I can get a smidge more upright I will be good to go. Probably going to go the BMR shelf system so I can start throwing electronic crap on it It has new Pilot Road 3s on it, but I haven't "pushed" them yet. I took it to work the other day..it sat in a row with about 9 Harley's....Everyone was commenting on how nice IT was vs the HDs I'm diggin' it

Oh, the original owner sold it because he had to have the new 1600...

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post #8 of 13 Old Mar 9th, 2012, 4:51 pm
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Glad you're lovin' the GT, Kevin. That bike flat rocks.

Here's my take on windscreens:

There are lots of windshield choices for the GT. And I've pretty much tried them all. As with seats, what works best for a person really depends on what they want and expect out of it.

There's lots of good info in this thread, but here's my summary:

If you're looking for LT-style protection, then go with the AeroFlow, and add their AeroGards. You can see pics here. Yes it's pricey, but it works. For example, I can run the AeroFlow down lower than I could with any of the others and still get great protection, and the AeroGards take all the wind (and bugs) off my arms. They work so well, in fact, that I can wear my mesh gloves down into the 50's without too much trouble. Also, this setup make a huge improvement to the passenger.

The second-best choice I found is the CalSci. It's the closest to the stock shape, but the curvature and cutouts eliminate most of the buffeting and back pressure. This also retains the "sporty" looks of the bike, which is important to some folks. But it does tend to scratch rather easily, which is a concern. Otherwise, it's a great solo shield.

The Cee Bailey is better than stock, but not as good as it is on the LT. Flexing and cracking was a huge issue because Cee Bailey switched to a thinner plastic, which they've since gotten rid of. But I've still had cracking issues with their thicker shields.

The VStream from ZTechnik has the advantage of being polycarbonate so it won't shatter in an impact. Some folks are happy with this shield, but for me, it wasn't nearly as much of an improvement over stock as the AeroFlow setup.

Parabellum also makes a windshield with basically stock looks but better curvature. I haven't tried that one so I can't comment on how well it works.

So it really depends on what's important to you, and what you expect out of it.

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As to your other questions, I can probable;y help with those, too.

The MotoLights are good for adding increased visibility, as the triangle shape does stand out to other road users. From the rider's perspective, most of the added light is close in to the bike, rather than punching way down the road. If you're more interested in down-the-road punch, there are better choices available.

I do have some MotoLights available, if you're interested. These are the caliper-mount units that will fit the GT. Make you a good deal on them.

I also have a set of Suburban Machinery Bar Backs for the GT, if you're interested.

I don't have a dash shelf, but the RCU unit sure does look nice.

If you do go with the AeroFlow screen, be aware that they use a Laminar Flow Plate that sits under the windscreen to smooth the airflow. That may cause some interference issues, depending on how the dash shelf mounts. I haven't tried it with a RCU shelf, but thought that you should be aware of it.

As for the PilotRoad 3's, go ahead and push them. Trust me, they'll take it . . .

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Ken, lots of great info, tks. I think you are correct about the Aeroflow inner screen and a BMR shelf system http://www.bmrproducts.com/products.php?cat=40 I seriously doubt they will play well together . I have been screwing around with the stock (tall) screen and trying to figure out how much taller I need. My seat is in the high position and it came with Verholen peg lowering kits (rider and passenger)..They feel pretty good. I may give the CB a try- (I loved it on my RT) I did see the Aeroguards and they look like just the thing for winter riding. I'll PM ya tomorrow about the other stuff.
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Remember that windscreen shape is just as important as height. So a properly designed windscreen will give good protection even when it's set lower. The best thing about the AeroFlow screen is that I can run it lower than the other screens I tried, but still be in a bubble of calm.

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post #12 of 13 Old Mar 14th, 2012, 11:21 am
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INSTALL THE CAM CHAIN GUARD !!!!!!! ASAP.Chain jumped on my "08 and cost me a motor 2000 miles from home.
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post #13 of 13 Old Mar 14th, 2012, 3:50 pm Thread Starter
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I'm on it ! Might just get the manual tensioner also. Sorry to hear you had the issue.
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